MYSTERY BABYLON by Jeff Wingo

 

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A Woman Rides the Beast; From a woodcut by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528).

The Bible describes a great end-time religious conglomerate called Mystery Babylon:

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:  With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Revelation 17:1-6

Mystery describes Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots. That she is the originator of all of the false religious systems ever conceived in the history of the world is beyond dispute.  All false religions have their origin in the Mystery religions of ancient Babylon.

The history of Babylon goes back deep in antiquity, about 3,000 years before the Christian era. Nimrod was the founder of the city,  and he had a wife named Semiramis who, it is believed, founded the original Mystery Religion based on the promised seed of Genesis 3:15 (the first promise from God of a Savior-Messiah who would be born of the seed of the woman which eventually found its fulfillment in the Son of God, Jesus Christ).

The religion she founded was based on the supposed miraculous birth of her child Tammuz; and Semiramis and Tammuz are the original source of the Mother-Child motif as found in many ancient religions. In fact, this is the source of the Mother and Child in Christianity to this day. That is how powerful the original Mystery Religion of ancient Babylon is; its influence is still being felt to this very day. Semiramis_and_Tammuz

As the myth continues, Tammuz was killed by a wild beast, and later through cult ritual restored to life, a resurrection from the dead.

I’m sure by now that you may have noticed the similarity to the resurrection of the Beast in Revelation 13:3:  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

 Tammuz was even worshiped by the ancient Hebrews; the prophet Ezekiel wrote about this pagan blasphemy as it was practiced in the Temple at Jerusalem.

Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Ezekiel 8:14

It is absolutely amazing isn’t it! Are you shocked by this (if you did not know it before?). I am, and what shocks me most of all is how this dark cult found its way around the world. She was also known as Ashtoreth and Tammuz, Isis and Horus, Aphrodite and Eros (Cupid), and as Mother Shing Moo and her child in ancient China. In biblical times the Mother eventually became known as the Queen of Heaven, and the Prophet Jeremiah wrote about her influence among the Israelites.

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Jeremiah 7:18; see also Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25.

15th-century_unknown_painters_-_Madonna_on_a_Crescent_Moon_in_Hortus_Conclusus_-_WGA23736As you have noticed the Queen of Heaven is still worshipped today as Mary, the Queen of Heaven and the child Jesus. Incredible isn’t?

I mean no disrespect to anyone, and I have no axe to grind with Catholicism, this is just the hard truth that we must face when we discuss the ancient origins of Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Harlots. We must follow the truth of history as we find it.

After Babylon fell to the Medes and the Persians in 539 B.C., they tried to dissuade the worship of the ancient Babylonian religion. However, as history testifies, the pagan priests of the Babylonian cult would not surrender their religious practice, and so they just moved the cult from Babylon to the city of Pergamum where eventually one of the seven churches of Revelation was founded (see Rev. 2::12-17).

The priests of the cult wore a hat that resembled a fish head; the headdress also bore the title “Keeper of the Bridge” which was a statement that reminded the faithful that they were the keepers of the way to the gods. This was later adopted by the Roman Emperors (who saw themselves as gods) and Latinized into the familiar Pontifex Maximus  which means “Major Keeper of the Bridge.” This same title was also adopted by the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, who is now known by all as the Pontiff. {1}  The ancient Mystery Religion of Babylon has influenced many cults around the world but none of them are as powerful as the Roman Catholic Church which adopted all of this and more into its doctrine.

Strange how we finally come full circle with Mystery Babylon isn’t it? Rome however isn’t the only major church to adopt Babylonian paganism into its system. Elements of Mystery Babylon are found in most churches today in one form or another. Consider the Evangelical church–today many have incorporated components of Eastern paganism with the adoption of yoga as a system of exercise, and many Christians use pagan meditation techniques (taken from the Catholic Desert Fathers) now called Contemplative or Centering prayer, entering the so-called silence as a way to reach God–this is nothing new, it’s just Eastern religion and other paganism dressed up for undiscerning Christians.

Many Word-Faith groups claim to use the power of “faith” to work supposed miracles–faith is not a magic force to be manipulated, it is simply trust in God, believing in His promises. And many of these groups also believe that they are “little gods.” That is also not a new doctrine–its ancient paganism dressed up for modern Christians, and with no surprise the Roman Church also holds to that doctrine, that a man may through Christ eventually become a god (just as in Mormonism).  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) teaches on page 129: “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God. The only-begotten Son of God wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”  Rather shocking isn’t it?

I could go on and on with proof after proof of the influence of Mystery Babylon, and others have written about it more eloquently that I have. But realize this: Anything that adds to Jesus Christ, any system of doctrine that adds to the gospel such as works, baptism, the communion wafer and wine, mysteries, magic clothing, amulets, icons, supposed prophetic anointing’s–anything that they may tack onto Jesus and the gospel is another gospel and is part of Mystery Babylon. The Holy Spirit is still calling out to all of us:

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:4

The gospel of Christ is so simple–it is so simple to understand that a young child can grasp it, yet so profound that Theologians have stumbled over it and have been confounded with it for almost 2,000 years; and the gospel is this:

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:9-10, 13.

That’s the gospel and that is the truth, anything else is just an example of Mystery Babylon and the spirit of antichrist in action–for there are many antichrists, 1 John 2:18.

Thanks for visiting.

Jeff Wingo

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Jeff Wingo

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Endnotes:

1. See The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Walvoord and Zuck(1983, SP Publications), page 971.

The first image is from Luther’s Bible. Second image of the Mother/Child is by an unknown artist of the 1450’s; the image may be found at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:15th-century_unknown_ painters_-_Madonna_on_a_Crescent_Moon_in_Hortus_Conclusus_-_WGA23736.jpg

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